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Place-based nature education in Billings

DSCF0500-300x224The Montana Audubon Center’s education programs provide classroom and outdoor learning opportunities for students of all ages. Our experiential education programs are designed to connect people to nature with the goal of engaging citizens in stewardship of the world around them.

We require advance registration for most of the programs. Call us at 406.294.5099.  Events are subject to cancellation due to weather restrictions and/or low registration levels.

Nature Nuts!:

Nature exploration comes naturally, especially for little kids! Children aged 18 months (walking) to four years (and an accompanying adult) join Montana Audubon teacher naturalists for guided outdoor play and learning about the local area.

Nature Nuts occurs every Tuesday from 10-11 am. Our 2017 schedule begins on January 10th. Meet in the front parking lot.

Cost: $6 per day program or $40 for an 8-pack pass.

Home School Science Classes:

Join the Center staff for inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, student-centered science and nature exploration at Billings’ only place-based nature education facility. We’ll explore different themes during 5 sessions, which each include 14 hours of instruction.

Home School Science sessions occur on Mondays and Thursdays. Session details:

  • Autumn: Water, Water Everywhere!
    • September 19 to November 10, 2-3:45 pm
  • Winter I: Backyard Billings
    • November 28 to December 22, 9-12:30 pm
  • Winter II: Snow Survival
    • January 9 to March 2, 2-3:45 pm
  • Spring I: Nature Tech
    • March 6 to March 27, 9-12:30 pm
  • Spring II: Fly with the Birds
    • April 3 to May 22, 2-3:45 pm

Cost: $75 per student, ages 6-12.


Afterschool Explorers:

What do kids need to do after school? Play! Explore! Adventure! Our Audubon Afterschool Explorers spend time looking for bugs and birds, catching frogs, finding animal tracks, building forts, making friends, and learning about the local landscape. Our teacher naturalists are there to both guide the exploration and provide information about the cool stuff the kids find. Program takes full advantage the trails, woods, ponds, and hidden places on our 54-acre restored ecosystem and the adjacent Yellowstone River corridor.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school. Little kids (K-3) 3-4pm, general session 4-5:30pm.

Little kids only: $50/session. General: $75/session. 10% member discount.

Fledglings Nature Preschool:

One of the first nature preschools in Montana and the first in the Billings area, Fledglings Nature Preschool is founded on the idea that kids learn best through play and hands-on experiences.

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year opens in March, 2017.

Yellowstone River Walks:

This 680-mile un-dammed river is a cultural and ecological focal point for the entire region. Want to know more about it? Join our staff naturalists for a once-a-month guided walking tour of the river in all seasons, covering both the social and natural history of the area. $10/person, free for kids under 12. Two-hour tour begins at 10am. Reservations recommended.

Click on the following dates to register:

December 3rd, 2016

Kids Campfire Fridays:

Campfires, stories, games, and exploring nature? Sounds like a great time! Sign your kids up for a special evening event just for them, andscf3957d take some time for a date night yourself. All Campfire Fridays at the Audubon Center feature nature-themed activities, games, and plenty of outdoor play under the supervision of our experienced teacher-naturalist staff. Participants should be prepared for outdoor time, including appropriate clothing and footwear, though we’ve got plenty of indoor activities (and hot cocoa) to warm up with in inclement weather. Each month features different games and activities. Ages 4-12, $30/child (10% discount for members).

Click on the following dates to register:

November 11th, 2016
December 2nd, 2016

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